Xander At Bat Today (Exclusive FenwayNation Photo)
It's axiomatic. If you score six runs at your home park, you should win about 3/4 of the time. Not this 2015 edition of The Carmine Hose! Today, on a gorgeous 80 degree day at Fenway, they tallied six times and still lost to Baltimore, 8-6. Blame this one on rookie starter Eduardo Rodriguez. The 22-year old lefty took a no-hitter into the fourth inning, and then proceeded to cough up five runs—wiping out a 1-0 Sox lead. Once again, Boston crept back into the game—powered by a three-run HR by Alejandro DeAza down the right field line. Every time the Red Sox got close, the O's would re-open a bigger lead on the Boston bullpen—until the ultimate 8-6 loss. Offensive stars for the Red Sox were: Xander Bogaerts (2-5, RBI); Blake Swihart (2-4, RBI) and DeAza (3 RBI, HR). In his return to Boston, Jackie Bradley, Jr. went 2-4 and—on a brilliant OF assist—pegged a laser to home to complete a double play.